Originally Posted by Bigtime
Wouldn't having parallel access roads just make MacLeod even more of an asphalt hellscape?
I think sprucing it up like 16th avenue and Memorial would go a long way to making it much nicer to start with, then proceed with some major improvements to make it much more transit friendly. I believe the last steps should involve potential improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. I just don't see the benefit to improving those two areas this early in the game on MacLeod.
Google Barcelona and find Avenida Diagonal or Passeig de Gracia and you will see what I mean. The medians separating the through streets from the access streets are planted with trees and the sidewalks are widened. You can actually improve mobility on Macleod a lot by actually making the amount of road space smaller, just reducing the number of intersections. What you do is essentially put 2 lanes of almost free-flow traffic in the centre, and then move all turns to the access road. So if you want to turn left off of Macleod, you exit right into an access road and then wait at the light for a flashing green turn. This way left turning cars don't queue into the lanes for through traffic and vehicles accessing businesses from Macleod don't interfere with through traffic either. Basically you consolidate all non-through traffic onto the curb lanes, and separate them with a planted median.
For example, the following streets between Glenmore and the Cemetary could be "closed" to Macleod completely (median across Macleod and right in right out only): 56th, 53rd, 45th, 43rd,
And the following streets will still go across Macleod, but left turns from Macleod itself will be restricted: 50th, 46th, 42nd, 39th
EDIT- Just look at all the driveway accesses on Macleod between Glenmore and Heritage. If you had an access road there, all the traffic going between buildings wouldn't have to interfere with through traffic on Macleod.